Freshman tennis players make a name for themselves during an impressive season. In addition, they add a unique diversity to the program.
Seven different countries are represented on the men’s side, the highlights are Germans Florian Mayer and Vladimir Dorash. Even with teammates from the same country, going from individual tennis in the junior ranks to collegiate status in America creates a challenge to most foreign student-athletes.
Changes in style and responsibility often present the greatest challenges for the student-athletes coming from other parts of the world.
In tennis, many who join American schools from Europe have to adjust from playing on clay courts at home to hard courts in the States. Clay courts often slow down the ball and change spin, which requires players to focus more on skill shots over the speed and strength hard courts favor.
For details on the players, check out the tennis page on OwlSports.com.